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Monday, October 18

Dangerous Power

today's reading.
Judges 9     Now Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's relatives and said to them and to the whole clan of his mother's family...
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What did Gideon's son Abimelech do that his father did not (9:1-6)? How did Jotham, his youngest brother, challenge Israel (9:7-21)? Who or what eventually brought down Abimelech (9:22-55)? In the postscript (9:55-57), what do you learn about God's sense of justice?

the blog.
Gideon's son, Abimelech, is the primary figure in Judges 9. Abimelech was cunning and ruthless, and he ensured his place as ruler after Gideon by murdering all but one of his seventy brothers (Jotham who hid when the killing was taking place). Abimelech did not seek after or follow God in any manner. He was all about power and control and his thirst for those things ruled his thinking and ultimately ended his life.

So how do we guard against letting whatever power we have get control of us? What are some things we can do to be proactive in handling the authority we are given appropriately? Tami W.

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